EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French vassal, from Medieval Latin vassallus (manservant, domestic, retainer), from vassus (servant), from Gaulish *wassos (young man, squire), from Proto-Celtic *wastos (servant) (compare Old Irish foss and Welsh gwas).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvæsəl/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æsəl

NounEdit

 
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vassal (plural vassals)

  1. (historical) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who keeps land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him, normally a lord of a manor; a feudatory; a feudal tenant.
  2. A subordinate
    Synonyms: subject, dependant, servant, slave

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AdjectiveEdit

vassal (not comparable)

  1. Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act IV, scene iii
      Did they, quoth you? / Who sees the heavenly Rosaline / That, like a rude and savage man of Inde / At the first opening of the gorgeous east / Bows not his vassal head and strucken blind / Kisses the base ground with obedient breast?

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VerbEdit

vassal (third-person singular simple present vassals, present participle vassalling, simple past and past participle vassalled)

  1. (transitive) To treat as a vassal or to reduce to the position of a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
  2. (transitive) To subordinate to someone or something.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French vassal, from Medieval Latin vassallus (manservant, domestic, retainer), from vassus (servant), from Gaulish *wassos (young man, squire), from Proto-Celtic *wastos (servant) (compare Old Irish foss and Welsh gwas).

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AdjectiveEdit

vassal (feminine singular vassale, masculine plural vassaux, feminine plural vassales)

  1. vassal

NounEdit

vassal m (plural vassaux, feminine vassale)

  1. a vassal

DescendantsEdit

  • Danish: vasal
  • Russian: васса́л (vassál) (see there for further descendants)

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HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

vas +‎ -val

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ ˈvɒʃːɒl]
  • Hyphenation: vas‧sal

NounEdit

vassal

  1. instrumental singular of vas

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NounEdit

vassal m (oblique plural vassaus or vassax or vassals, nominative singular vassaus or vassax or vassals, nominative plural vassal)

  1. vassal

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